The 27th of January is Chocolate Cake Day.
With the end of January fast approaching, you’d think it’d be “National Use Up The Christmas Nuts Day” or “Eat Up All The Hard Candy Day” so that we weren’t staring at bowls of them in the living room until Easter. But instead, someone in his or her wisdom has decided that as it’s been only four weeks since we were bombarded with rich, decadent food during the Christmas and New Year celebrations, the time has clearly come for another good dose of it lest any calories actually be lost, and voilà, here we are at Chocolate Cake Day.
If, however, you can’t bring yourself to break your diet so soon after starting it by shovelling into you a piece of chocolate cake, there are other special things you can do to give a nod to this day:
- Some schools and organizations sell pieces of donated and homemade chocolate cakes on this day to raise money for causes such as the Red Cross. You could buy a piece, then give it to a friend;
- Learn more about chocolate cake. For instance, did you know that the original chocolate cake didn’t have any chocolate in it? And that while it’s true that German chocolate cake has nothing to do with Germany, if you’ve heard that it was invented in Texas, did you know that that also is a myth?
Today is also the birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. If you want to celebrate both occasions at once, perhaps you could find time turn on the radio and listen to some of his music probably being played somewhere today, and have a slice of German (okay, so he was Austrian: Germanic) chocolate cake while listening to it.
See also: Black Forest Cake Day, Cake Day, Devil’s Food Cake Day, Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day, Pound Cake Day
The earliest print mention CooksInfo has found for Chocolate Cake Day occurred in January 1997 in Florida:
“27 — National Chocolate Cake Day”. —MacDonald, Scott. January is the month of bread, thyroid disease. Englewood, Florida: Englewood Herald. 2 January 1997. Page 6E, col. 6.